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The Usewood Way

Managing seedling stand and young forests is work that requires a great deal of precision. Retaining undamaged growing stock, eliminating harmful coppices, and harvesting energy wood are of equal importance. We have focused on the management of stands and young forests by developing tools and cost-efficient methods specifically designed for this purpose. Our operation is based on the efficient use of small forestry machines and skilled operators.

Early clearing and stand management speed up the growth and development of the stock. The management of stands significantly increases wood production in the long term. A well-managed and growing young forest begins to produce income for the forest owner more quickly than an unmanaged one. After timely tending to the seedling stand, energy wood can be cut from the forest as little as 10 years. After energy wood has been thinned with a small machine, the forest remains approximately 5% denser than with a large machine, so the next income-producing felling can be performed in 5–10 years. Forest management improves production along the way.

Energy wood harvesting has become an essential part of forestry. The most profitable method is to produce energy wood as part of the forest growing cycle and to harvest it as delimbed stem wood. With the right methods and tools, harvesting energy wood is free of risk to the forest and financially profitable.

Energy wood collected from forests is a renewable source of energy, which helps reduce carbon dioxide emissions. Stem wood chips harvested from young forests are the most suitable fuel for power plants. Cost-efficient harvesting can be achieved by taking the growing of energy wood into account whilst tending to the seedling stand. The growing of energy wood begins with timely stand management; in growing aimed at the thinning of energy wood, more seedlings are left to grow after stand management than is customary. Stand management is followed by the thinning of energy wood, and the actual first thinning is postponed by a few years. Even with this alternative, the ultimate goal of forest growing is to grow high-quality logs. The Usewood method employs small, light machines that do not require logging roads which thin the growing stock, but rather leave the growing forest at full density. This leaves the forest with 20% more growth area compared to harvesting by means of logging roads. In addition, light machines cause no root damage to growing trees.

The Usewood method manages your forest more affordably

In developing its products and services, Usewood has invested heavily in the cost efficiency of forestry measures. With the Usewood method, management methods can be produced at costs approximately 20% lower compared with the traditional methods. Furthermore, harvesting energy wood in a young forest brings the forest owner a new source of income and, at the same time, enhances the condition of the growing stock.

Apart from producing sales revenue, the thinning of energy wood improves harvesting conditions during the first thinning and increases the amount of commercial timber and the average size of the timber.

The Usewood method also improves the forest’s other values

Scenic and recreational values enjoyed by all forest users improve when stocks are managed with small machines. The harvesting track left by a small Usewood machine is pleasant to look at and easily passable. Forest management can also increase the diversity of nature and improve the living conditions of desirable species.